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China is to finally gain access to Nintendo's popular portable video console - the Switch - almost two years after the console was launched.

Chinese ecommerce giant Tencent is Nintendo's local partner for the venture. It has succeeded finally in lobbying Chinese regulators to gain approval for the Switch to be distributed first in Guangdong province, where Tencent is based.

A source told Reuters that gaining approval from Guangdong's authorities would enable the Switch to be sold nationwide.

Traditionally it has been harder for video game consoles to catch on China due to tight regulations, but Nintendo's intellectual property like Mario, Pokemon and Zelda are very popular in China.